Description of Services

The extent of any background check should be tailored to the requirements of the position, the level and nature of "trust" in the position, and legal limitations. We will work with you to tailor a screening program to suit your unique needs, which may include a combination of services from our two service arms: Background Reference and Public Records checks.

Public/Criminal Records Checks

Given the unique positions of trust held by clergy and other church workers — and
the lessons learned from civil litigation — it is now common practice for religious organizations to make greater use of public records information as part of a comprehensive candidate screening process. Although not a substitute for using
other screening tools or risk reduction techniques, relevant information on an individual may be found in criminal history, motor vehicle and credit bureau

Fees for Public & Criminal Records Checks

Our fees for public records checks do not vary whether you are an individual church, diocese, or secular employee. Fees also can vary depending on address history of an applicant for county, statewide and federal jurisdiction searches.

One-time setup fee of $50, billed only when services are first rendered.
Criminal History (County Jurisdictions)$15 each
Criminal History (Statewide Jurisdictions)$15 (MN), $85 (NY), $40 (others)
per name*
Criminal History (Federal District Jurisdictions)$15 each
Criminal History (Enhanced Nationwide Criminal Search®)$15 per name*
DOJ Sex Offender Search $15 per name*
Social Security Number (SSN) Trace$8 each
Credit Report$15 each
Motor Vehicle Record (Statewide)$20 each
Employment Verification$15 each
Education$15-$30 each
Guide for Standard Church Positions

For convenience and illustrative purposes only, we have a sample of what many of our clients use as default position codes in the religious community. This may differ from what your denomination leadership or legal counsel recommends.

Background Reference Checks

The cornerstone of our background investigation program for our many clients in the religious community is to make written inquiries of the past educational institutions, employers, organizations, and religious supervisors of an applicant. A series of thorough screening questionnaires are utilized during this process.

View a sample questionnaire (please note: questionnaires will vary based on denomination) and learn more about our process and how we administer it on behalf of our clients.

Fees for Background Reference Checks

Individual Church
Five year background referencing$105.00
Ten year background referencing$145.00
Fifteen year background referencing$170.00
Due to tremendous economies of scale, our fees are approximately 25 percent lower for Diocese/Annual Conference/Synod/Presbytery clients, and are as follows:
Diocese/Annual Conference/Synod/Presbytery
Five year background referencing$85.00
Ten year background referencing$120.00
Fifteen year background referencing$140.00
Fees do not include Public or Criminal Records Checks.
I want to commend Oxford Document on the thoroughness with which you are undertaking background checks. I believe this is a necessary approach in behalf of leadership in the life of God's family.

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